I am looking for an online glossary of second language acquisition (SLA) terms that fulfils the following criteria:

  • It was created by SLA researchers or teaching professionals. (This one on Quizlet has a pseudonym as author, so I don't know if it was created by a researcher or a language teacher.)
  • It does not focus exclusively on teaching English as a foreign language.
  • It does not only cover acronyms (like this glossary of acronyms) but also "normal" terms (e.g. "elaborate encoding").
  • It is not limited to a specific teaching method such as communicative language teaching (like this glossary on Wikipedia).

The resources need not be in English; it can also be in German, French, Spanish or Dutch.

If the glossary is in English, we can refer LL SE contributors to it if we think they misunderstand some of the terms used on this site.


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  • Glossary on Language Learning and Teaching by Ilona Huszti

  • Scott Thornbury's blog. Not exactly a glossary; it looks like it's meant to be a sort of appendix and update to Thornbury's actual ELT glossary published in a book form. Written from the perspective of teaching English, but useful to readers interested in general theories of learning and teaching foreign languages. Some of the entries aren't closely related to SLA, and sometimes it's not clear where things are, e.g. the comprehensible output hypothesis is described under "Push".

  • Glossaries in some SLA books are partly viewable online. For example, parts of glossaries in textbooks by Rod Ellis can be accessed through Amazon and Google Books.

  • Scott Thornbury's list looks more like an index to his blog than a glossary: wabi-sabi is not an SLA term, the entry for Krashen tells you almost nothing about Krashen's theories, etc. So I hope that people will keep looking for other glossaries.
    – Tsundoku
    Nov 14, 2016 at 18:35
  • You've got a point. I think it's something between a blog and an appendix to the actual glossary he published. I updated my answer and added one more link that you may like better.
    – michau
    Nov 14, 2016 at 20:44

Here are a few more glossaries:

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